At this time, with the resent addition of Mace Graveyard, there are four cemeteries in Camden County that are under the care of the museum. Thanks to the volunteers that help preserve these time capsules of history.
You can help!
Volunteer ‘energy’ (aka: workers) are needed at the cemetery.
Monetary donations can be made by using “Donate” button on the right side of this page, mailed to, dropped at the museum, or given to any society member.
To help out or more information please contact
Museum – 573-346-7191
Click Here for complete story and information on how the dedication of the Museum volunteers and the help of the community preserved the history of this graveyard.
Union Electric Roach Cemetery
Of most urgency, is the Union Electric Roach Cemetery on State Road AA. Merle Cross is coordinating the restoration for the preservation of this historic cemetery. He and Bryant are hard at work clearing debris, locating graves and markers, restoring head stones, filling sunken grave sites, and everything to make the cemetery available for today’s and future generations to enjoy.
The UE Roach Cemetery is located on the south side of old Hwy 54 and 200 yards north of the present Hwy 54 on State Hwy AA. When Union Electric Company built Bagnell Dam, Lake of the Ozarks was created, flooding the Osage and Niangua River Bottoms and covering many of the oldest cemeteries in Camden County. Union Electric Company bought ground near Roach, Mo., and moved 286 bodies to this site. From lower Prairie Hollow (207), Moulder (46) and smaller numbers from the following cemeteries: Edwards, Laurie, Donzelot, Shockley, Rains, Libby, John McCrory, Roach, Crabtree, WP Jackson Farm, Ed Vann Farm, Thornsberry Farm, and Ross Stone Farm. At the Roach UE Cemetery on Road AA, several graves were found to have sunken (above photo) to the point of needing to be filled in order to be maintained & some stone repair is needed.
The Traw Cemetery on South State Highway 7 has several graves and field stone markers. Quite a few of the markers have been repaired with metal casings.
The Toronto Cemetery off of State Highway C near Montreal has about twenty pioneer and slave graves including a marker for Civil War Sgt R.B. Rennabon. The grounds are not accessible at this time. This cemetery is on private property near the State Conservation Area.
Caldwell Historical Cemetery at Mallard Point
Early burials were pioneers who lived in the town of Cape Galena and nearby areas prior to the filling of Bagnell Dam. There are many unmarked and sunken graves in the cemetery. The first known burial was in 1861, the last in 1925. Care is co-ordinated by families of the deceased & the Camden County Historical Society.
Historic Cemetery Walk – Old Linn Creek & Erie
By Norine Albers
Sources: Linn Creek & Erie Cemetery records, Reveille obits
Old Erie-Roberts Cemetery: Margaret Roberts, died 1855. And Monument dedicated to the Cherokee by Union Electric when they built Bagnell Dam.
When the “silver thread” of the Osage River became Lake of Ozarks Bagnell Dam, countless cemeteries were moved. The valley, with its soft dirt base was a choice area for burials. The ridges were rocky and hard to dig through. Two old and existing cemeteries from days gone by are the Old Erie (Roberts Family) Cemetery and the Old Linn Creek Memorial Cemetery on Y-Road in (the now) Linn Creek area.
Walking through the cemeteries in the cool of the year makes for easy exploring. Grass is at a low level and varmints are dormant (for the most part). Summer makes for more of a challenge. Taller grasses and lively varmints invade your exploration. Among the oldest readable graves in the Erie Cemetery are the graves of Catherine Farmer (1840-1870) and Andrew T. Bayly (1822-1870). Some partial readable stones are marked as death in 1855 of Margarete, the daughter of William and Mary Roberts. In 1854 refugees, who had arrived by flatboat, brought a cholera outbreak to Erie. Two local men donated land to provide a cemetery. Union Electric placed a monument in honor of the “Casualties of the Cherokee Trail of Tears 1838” in the Erie Cemetery when they were moving cemeteries for the creation of Bagnell Dam.
Walking through the Old Linn Creek Memorial Cemetery that was founded in 1843, you will find many important people that pioneered and developed early Camden County. Most are found on the backside of the sloping hill leading down to the old river valley area. Entering the present entrance to the cemetery you need to keep in mind that, historically, this would have been the backside of the cemetery. Old Linn Creekers walked up the hill to the cemetery (to what we see as the backside of the cemetery). 1855 is the earliest tombstone found thus far. It is the resting place of Susan Kelly, the one-year-old daughter of Thompson J. and Sarah Kelly. Other family members resting here are two daughters. One aged one year, and a girl at age twenty-eight. Sons at one-year of age, nine years of age, ten years of age, twenty-one years of age, and an infant son.
The stone marker of Lewis Brey (1834-1899) reads: “One Who Lived for Others”. Lewis and his mother emigrated from Germany. They arrived in Old Linn Creek by flatboat. He was the long-time owner of a general merchandise store. He “lived among his wares”, “the epitome of jumbled disorder”. His stone includes these words “Founder Methodist Episcopal Church and Sunday School in Linn Creek”
Joshua Williams Vincent (1859-1933) was the owner of the Reveille Newspaper. Inscribed on his tombstone are the words “Editor of the Reveille for fifty years”. J. W. purchased the newspaper from his father in 1880. He represented Camden County in the state legislature for three terms and served as mayor of Old Linn Creek. He loved his garden and (if not working) could often be found tending his flora.
Thomas Hart Benton Moulder (1844-1922) was the sixth son of George Moulder. T. H. B. Moulder was a farmer and owner of the Moulder Hotel in Old Linn Creek. Meals were served “family style”. When pancakes were on the breakfast menu, Aunt Lizzie made plate-sized pancakes (piled high) for each order. Lizzie churned buttermilk in her large churn in the kitchen. The butter and sorghum molasses were included with the pancakes at a cost of twenty-five cents for the meal. T. H. B. Moulder was mustered into Company D, 29th Missouri Volunteer Infantry about 1862. He was in battle at Vicksburg, Arkansas Post, and was then captured at Greenville, Mississippi by the Confederate army. He was held prisoner at Pine Bluff and Little Rock, Arkansas. He was an exchange prisoner and, thereafter, returned to active duty. He spent three months in the hospital recovering from wounds received at Look Out Mountain. He was one of the soldiers appointed to guard the body of President Lincoln. Moulder was mustered out in July 1865. T. H. B. Moulder was elected to the Missouri Senate in 1882.
Squire John Perry Jeffries (1848-1917) served as Justice of the Peace and united over two hundred couples in marriage. He served with Company D, Osage Regiment Home Guards, during the Civil War. He passed away at the Camden Hotel in Old Linn Creek in 1917.
Andrew J. Watson (1857-1911) worked for fifty cents a day in his early years. He later became the owner of Watson’s General Mercantile store in Old Linn Creek and the president of the First National Bank. He was the father of twelve children.
He was considered to be a “generous, farsighted, positive, committed and spirited man”. This could have been rightfully said of many of our Camden County citizens.
Types of Cemeterys
The type of cemetery where your ancestors are buried will give you a clue as to the society and environment they lived in. The tombstones, layout, location and landscape can add to the clues. The following types of cemeteries are common here in the United States.
Garden Cemetery – Originally they were in the inner cities and metropolitan areas, but as the population increased, they became overcrowded and expansion was not feasible. Soon they were located and relocated outside the city limits for public health and space reasons. Cemeteries were now designed and developed into park-like areas. Beautiful trees, flowers, ponds, waterfalls and sculptures are now incorporated into cemetery settings.
Hopefully your ancestors are buried in a cemetery that is well plotted and documented. Some in our area have no records and you just pick out a spot and keep your fingers crossed that when the digging starts it isn’t already occupied.
Walking Through History
Walking through history is what you do when you visit a cemetery.With a little research you can meet many people and learn their stories.Many have pioneered and developed our country, fought our wars, run our country, and lived ordinary lives.Some suffered many hardships, others ordinary or above ordinary lives.Cemeteries are a great asset in genealogy research.
The Camden County Historical Society has a big interest in preserving thehistory and the cemeteries of Camden County.At the present time we are in charge of the general upkeep of five cemeteries.Our cemetery committee is very active in researching all of the known cemeteries inCamden County.We now have a large quantity of research at the museum and continue to work at adding to this collection.
The members of the Historical Society have a great respect for the history and pioneers who settled this land.As you know stories and data sometimes change as it is passed down.We try to document our research so is can be as correct as possible.If anyone has a special interest in our cemetery research, please feel free to contact us.